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KUALA LUMPUR: Two Indonesian maids ran away over the weekend while their employers were in Singapore and are alleged to have stolen RM500,000 in cash and valuables.
Datin Ira Ghani, the founder of Aura Seri Cosmetics, said the incident was believed to have occurred on Saturday when the maids were left with her two children and a niece.
"My husband and I had left for Singapore on Friday. I received a voice mail from my 13-year-old son on Sunday. He suspected that the maids had run away as their belongings were missing," she said.
"We initially thought the only things the maids had stolen were two iPhones and two iPads as my room was locked," she added.
However, the true losses dawned when the couple returned home on Monday.
"I thought everything was fine when we returned because my room door was still locked. I was gutted when I discovered that all my jewellery had been stolen."
Several designer shirts and baju kurung had also been taken.
Ira's husband, Datuk Ibrahim Ahmad, lost several branded watches, including a Rolex and a Tag Heuer, and about RM5,000 in small change.
"Some of the jewellery and watches had sentimental value as they had been given to us," Ira said, adding that her husband had left his key to their bedroom at home before leaving for Singapore.
Ira said her niece had heard the front gate opening at 3am on Sunday morning but thought it was the neighbours. They found some of the maids' old clothes dumped in a rubbish bin outside the home.
She said the two maids, known as Luluk Tanjiyah, 32, and Udayati, in her 40s, had been with her since 2010. Ira described them as being good in their work and not giving any problems.
"I am puzzled why they would resort to theft as I have treated them very well. I have even taken both of them on holidays and shopping trips. This is how they repay my trust."
Ira said she had reported the incident to the Indonesian embassy and the Immigration Department. It is understood that both the maids' passports and work permits had been cancelled.
Checks with the maids' families in Indonesia did not unearth anything as the two women have not contacted them since they disappeared.
The two maids had even told Ira that they wanted to come back and work for her after their two-year contract expires this year.